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Not Okay Ireland footballer Dara O’Shea backs campaign to end violence against women

"A young woman going for a run and is attacked and killed. This is not okay!!"


Dara O’SheaTrenka Attila/PA)

Dara O’SheaTrenka Attila/PA)

Dara O’SheaTrenka Attila/PA)

Irish footballer Dara O’Shea has backed the campaign to end violence against women.

The 22-year-old took to Twitter to share a video from the UK anti-sexual harrassment campaign #IsThisOk?

The video shows a young woman being sexually harrassed by various men in various ways as she goes throughout her day.

“Speaks volumes as to what has happened recently in Ireland,” he captioned his post.

“A young woman going for a run and is attacked and killed. This is not okay!!"

The tragic murder of Ashling Murphy on January 12th as she exercised along a stretch of canal in Tullamore Co Offaly has rocked the nation.

The 23-year-old primary school teacher was laid to rest yesterday, January 18th.

Her family, friends, boyfriend Ryan, colleagues and pupils were among the hundreds of mourners including Taoiseach Micheal Martin and President Michael D Higgins at her funeral.

The celebrant of her funeral mass at St Brigid's Church, Mountbolus told mourners: “Let us not be afraid to pray for one another, let us not be afraid to care for one another and let us not be afraid to make change happen, to make this a reality, to make change for what is only good.”

“There are many issues raised in many ways and by many voices since this horrible act of violence invaded all our lives, and we pray those issues and those voices will continue to evolve, and will continue to challenge every single one of us to make that change that we all need so much.”

Her boyfriend Ryan Casey also gave a moving speech at the burial.

“What Ashling meant to me, and her family, and friends, needs a few brief words,” he began.

“What I’d like to say in this moment in time is that Ashling was in fact our shining light. She loved her mum Kathleen, her father Ray, her big sister Amy and her big brother Cathal and all her family and friends so much.

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“She was always there, always willing to help anybody, anywhere at any time and always put herself last.”

“She had so many qualities and talents which all combined to make her an incredibly loving and beautiful person that we were so lucky to know and loved to spend as much time with as possible.”

As he broke down sobbing, broken-hearted Ryan said Ashling was “so much more to me than a girlfriend. She was my soul mate; she is my soul mate and she will always be my soul mate.”

“She was the greatest love of my life,” he added. “I will cherish the last five years we spent together and I hope that someday, God willing, we can be reunited once more and continue the great plans we had made for each other.”

He ended: “Goodbye for now but not forever darling. Ashling, you will live in all our hearts and memories.”

Yesterday a man in his 30s was arrested by Gardai in Tullamore on suspicion of her murder.

The suspect was arrested by detectives at a Dublin hospital at around 11.30am and arrived at Tullamore Garda Station shortly before 1pm.

The man had been in hospital since Thursday being treated for a number of injuries.

Gardaí continue to appeal for information about the murder including about “a man dressed in black tracksuit top (no hood), black tracksuit bottoms with a large white stripe or white writing on the side and black runners.”

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